Bell, Jackson return to Mudcats for 2010 | Sports

Bell, Jackson return to Mudcats for 2010

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Manager David Bell (left) and hitting coach Ryan Jackson (bottom right) will be back with the Carolina Mudcats next season, the Cincinnati Reds organization has announced.

Tom Brown, who was with Class A Sarasota each of the past three seasons, will be the new pitching coach replacing Rigo Beltran. Jimmy Mattocks will return as athletic trainer.

Bell, 37, took the Mudcats to a 65-74 record and within one win of a first-half title in the Southern League's North Division in his first year as a skipper.

Jackson, a 37-year-old Duke alumnus who is a former Durham Bull, will be back for his second season with the club.

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Brown, 60, has eight seasons' experience as a Triple-A pitching coach.

Mattocks, 27, is in his fifth year with the Reds' organization and third at the Double-A level.

The Mudcats will open on the road April 8 at Birmingham, later hosting the Montgomery Biscuits in the Five County Stadium opener on April 14.

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